Opening Gala Announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018


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Festival will host UK Premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs on Wednesday 21 February. Latest film from director of The Grand Budapest Hotel will open Glasgow's fourteenth annual celebration of film.

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will open on 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.  The latest film from the director of The Grand Budapest Hotel (which had its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2014) and Fantastic Mr Fox, the animated adventure Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

The all-star voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Frank Wood

Fox Searchlight Pictures will release Isle of Dogs in UK cinemas on March 30, 2018.

Tickets for the Opening Gala will go on sale at 10am on Monday 8th January at glasgowfilm.org/festival. Ticket includes entry to the GFF opening party after the screening.

The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 24 January. Other events already confirmed include a focus on new Irish cinema in Ireland: The Near Shore; the Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi performing live as part of The Unfilmables, a celebration of the greatest films never made; Scottish Album of the Year Award-winners Sacred Paws with a pulsating live soundtrack to Margaret Salmon's full-throttle speedway doc Mm and the return of the festival's hugely popular special events screenings, from a night of The Big Lebowski and bowling to a Gregory's Girl v Clueless school disco.

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Allan Hunter, Festival Co-director said:

“Wes Anderson is one of the most imaginative, beguiling filmmakers working in world cinema and we are thrilled to open GFF 2018 with the UK premiere of his brand new film. Four years ago we opened the Festival by booking into The Grand Budapest Hotel.  This year we invite audiences to set sail for the Isle Of Dogs. It will be a night to remember and the best possible start to a great Festival.”

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